WMF GLAM report
Conferences and Structured data modeling
Conferences and presentations
June usually is a very active month for conferences, especially in the open knowledge movement. Around the Wikimedia community is not different, even in a completely online environment.
In 2021, Wikimania is happening remotely from August 13 to 17. Interested participants submitted their session proposals from May 27 until June 20.
As the last few years, one of the tracks from this year's program is Education & GLAM: "Initiatives and projects of the last 20 years focused on the use and access of Wikimedia projects in educational spaces at all levels and working with GLAM institutions."
Some users shared some ideas about how they thought the GLAM track should be made, with topics such as State of GLAM-Wiki in 2021, Structured Data on Commons, Tools and tech development for GLAM, Underrepresented knowledge, and Suggesting that the Wikimedia culture can enhance the prospects for world peace by encouraging advocacy and research organizations.
The GLAM & Culture team at the Foundation is very excited about the final list of GLAM-related submissions and has also applied for participation in three sessions:
- State of GLAM-Wiki in 2021
- Structured Data on Commons
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The announcement with the sessions chosen to form the program will be published between July 5 and 9. Check out some sessions marked as public through this link.
Creative Commons Global Summit 2021
In 2021, Creative Commons is also representing the open movement with an online version of its Creative Commons Global Summit.
One of the conference’s topics is around GLAMs, as CC has just launched its new Open GLAM Program. During the summit, the GLAM track sessions should address: "Improving and expanding open access to cultural heritage."
The deadline for proposals was extended to July 6. The GLAM & Culture team at the Foundation has proposed two sessions (one about Wikisource and another about GLAMs and Wikimedia). The team has also been invited to the session about the new CC Open GLAM program and for the Hack4OpenGLAM opening, on June 29, with a presentation about Knowledge Equity.
The Hack4OpenGLAM is being organized by AvoinGLAM and Creative Commons Finland, in collaboration with CC's OpenGLAM Platform, and supported by the Wikimedia Foundation.
During the opening, there were also presentations about other GLAM hackathons, a look back at Hack4OpenGLAM 2020, and an explanation about what’s in it for GLAMs in this hackathon. For more information about the Hack4OpenGLAM, check last year’s project dashboard.
Arctic Knot Conference 2021
In June, the Arctic Knot Wikimedia Language Conference 2021 took place online on June 24 and 25. The objective of the event was to discuss the "future of indigenous and underrepresented languages and their presence and use on the Wikimedia projects".
There were presentations about many different topics during the conference and, on Friday, a special session only about Wikisource, with three tracks: Wikisource presentation, Digitizing rare texts with Wikisource, and Wikisource workshop. The video with all three is available on the Wikimedia Norge YouTube channel here.
Satdeep Gill, from the GLAM & Culture team, hosted the "Digitizing rare texts with Wikisource" panel, in which there was conversation about experiences of a few different Wikimedia communities in digitizing rare texts on Wikisource: the Balinese community digitizing manuscripts from people's houses, and the Bengali Wikisource community collaborating with the British Library to organize a proofread-a-thon to transcribe 19th century and early 20th century texts from the library's collection.
2021 LD4 Conference on Linked Data
With the theme "Building Connections Together", the 2021 LD4 Conference on Linked Data is set to happen online from July 19 to 23.
This is the second edition of the conference and it aims to: "Focus on concrete ways that linked data impacts GLAM institutions and will share pathways that allow others to participate in linked data. By bringing together a broad range of perspectives, the conference seeks to create a community of practice for linked data in cultural heritage institutions."
The WMF GLAM & Culture team will also be presented at this conference. Giovanna Fontenelle is presenting a tutorial about Structured Data on Commons for GLAM institutions. The session will happen on July 19.
You can see the full program here or register for free on this page.
DPLA's structured data modeling
The GLAM & Culture team would also like to highlight the Structured data on Commons modeling proposed by Dominic Byrd-McDevitt, for the Digital Public Library of America. On June 1st, DPLA had its grant approved and it’s ready to apply structured data to its collections available on Commons.
For that, the institution shared some ideas it had concerning data modeling for its files, in fields such as described at URL (P973), title (P1476), copyright status (P6216), collection (P195), and a few other. DPLA also raised some questions and concerns on the page. As part of the team and advisor for the project, GFontenelle (WMF) suggested some answers on the talk page. If you would like to read or share your ideas about the topic, see Commons talk:Digital Public Library of America/Modeling.
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